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Red Line commuter in a fluffy fur coat

Big fluffy dog on the Red Line

Davina Chojnowski couldn't help but notice one guy's pet on the Red Line this morning:

This fluffy commuter would like you to have a great day at work.

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I wish the T had a no pets policy. Or at least no pets during certain times like they do with bikes.

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> Or at least no pets during certain times like they do with bikes.

They do. From the MBTA website:

Non-service dogs are not allowed on the T during rush hours.

During off-peak hours, T operators may allow non-service dogs. Dogs should be on leash and cannot take up a seat. Please ensure your dog can be quiet and calm on the T.

I used to live at Roxbury Crossing and there was a chick who used to try and sneak on her pet border collie on the train during rush hour. She got caught a lot and was told to leave the train.

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Why not? They're always more well-behave than the humans! And at least they don't hog up a seat when they don't have to!

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are non-site dogs allowed to ride the t.

what if someone gets bitten ?

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Yes, and I don't think the liability is any different than if a dog bit someone on the street. Owner is responsible for the dog's behavior and any damage it causes.

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answer to your first question

to answer your second question, they invoke a "medical emergency" and every train up and down the line is delayed for 20 minutes

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T policy says

Non-service dogs are not allowed on the T during rush hours.

I dont know if this is a service dog or not. If it isn't , then this is violation of T policy. And I for one don't like to sit or stand next to an animal on the T. It is an enclosed space and some dogs are not as well behaved as others. I dont care if it is cute.

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Pretty sure that's not rush hour...

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T says bikes are welcome, but pets are iffy. However, everytime I've seen on a dog on a train, half the people around it seem perked up and want to pet it. And pretty much everytime I've seen a bike on the train, half of the people around the cyclist give them the side eye for taking up the square footage of 5 riders and being too lazy to stay on the streets. So if T 'etiquette' actually concerns the sentiments of others around you, dogs win.

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Pets aren't iffy. MBTA policy says pets in carriers are always allowed, and leashed dogs are allowed outside rush hour.

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He's well-behaved and gave me a nice smile.

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Are you a good dog? Yes, you're a good dog!

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Seriously? You have a better chance of getting bitten by one of the 2 legged riders than you do with this guy.

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same applies to the people that ride the mbta, they could bite anyone at any time without provocation

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Pyr are not terribly bright, rather stubborn, and fundamentally great at protecting sheep and children from coyotes and wolves.

They are gentle giants.

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... that with up to 84% of their total metabolic energy dedicated to "being fluffy and awesome," there is little left over to support biting or aggression.

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My aunt and uncle have two Great Pyranees dogs. They are giant yard-digging marshmallows most of the time. My aunt even made a Stay Puft costume for one of them.

But they have another side to them - they are prized as livestock guardians. We noticed them working in pairs in the Northeast Kingdom when headed to Hill Farmstead. One would bark bark bark at cars on the dirt road, the other would stay with the sheep. They protect the herds from bobcats, coyotes and wolves and any other predators. When they activate, they are formidible guardians.

My aunt was sitting in her fenced yard one day when her Pyrs "activated" One came close to her and got very low to the ground in a defensive stance. The other took off like a shot, very aggressively moving along the fence line while barking, growling, snarling. She caught a glimpse of the cougar as it decided to go elsewhere.

There are stories of pyrs demanding to stay with their flocks when their families evacuated wildfires - and surviving by leading those flocks to safety.

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That dog is not a Pyr. It's a Samoyed. They are gentle and lovable dogs.

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That’s adorable, or A-dog-able if you will. Magoo.

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...whatever happened to Elmer? I hope he's OK, even if he seems to have moved on from UHub.

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I had heard he might no longer be with us, but I've yet to see any formal notice. I hope not.

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and the Twitter comment "we need therapy dogs for crappy commutes" is just right.

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Some pup snuggles when your train is stuck at Ruggles..."

Agreed. There's no real reason why there's not an official Dog Ambassador of the City of Boston. Though maybe it'll happen.

June 23, 2017 is Catie Copley Day in Boston, btw. Every Boston public school would benefit from (optional) therapy dog visits.

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"Is there a dog on it?"

"No, but we have a dog suit for the motorman."

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Catie wasn't a therapy dog per se. She was originally in training to be a guide dog for the blind, but unfortunately had cataract trouble herself. Then she eventually became the hotel ambassador, which I'd call goodwill, marketing and (yes) sort-of therapy. She has since passed on.

Her successor, Carly, is a rescue dog.

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and I never said she was a therapy dog.

I'm pointing out that the city could honor a dog and give her a whole Catie Copley Day...then the city can honor a dog by putting one to work as a therapy dog in Boston Public Schools.

But I stand corrected: the first time the City of Boston made a proclamation honoring a dog was when the Mayor declared it "Nick Flynn Day."

Sorry, I'm sure that is incredibly insulting to dogs...NFD was just Garbage Day, honestly.

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henlo doggo fren

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The issue, mainly, is not dogs, but irresponsible owners. As long as the general ridership has a reasonable concern due to a relatively small number of irresponsible owners, the concerns should influence policy. Unfortunately the same holds true of bike riders, but they are a semi-protected category due to the PC-ness of their effort.

The pups a Samoyed, by the way. Generally well behaved, loved by children everywhere and almost never annoying. They are among the breeds classified as hypoallergenic (which cannot be said of some bike riders...lol).

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I'd say probably Samy and polar bear mix . .

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Looks kind of like a Grand Pyrenees to me, but I guess it could be a Samoyed

Big head like a GP and coat like a Samoyed. Maybe the product of a mixed marriage. Inuit boy meets Basque girl, lived happily ever after.

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Has kind of a snarling, vicious, aggressive look to it. Surely a stout muzzle is in order.

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I was about to object to the presence of animals on the subway but then I looked closely at the dog in the photo and fell in love. Never mind !

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